Genre(s): Shonen, Action, Supernatural, Horror
Age-Appropriateness: 16+ (Violence, frightening imagery, profanity)
Platforms: Crunchyroll, Funimation, HBO Max
TheAwersome Rating: 8.8 / 10 (Excellent Shonen)
Premise: As an uninterested member of his school’s Occult Club, high schooler Yuuji Itadori spends his days at either the clubroom or the hospital, where he visits his bedridden grandfather. However, this leisurely lifestyle soon takes a turn when he unknowingly encounters a true cursed item. Triggering a chain of supernatural occurrences, Yuuji finds himself suddenly thrust into the world of Curses—dreadful beings formed from human malice and negativity—after swallowing the said item, a finger belonging to the demon Sukuna Ryoumen, the “King of Curses.”
Yuuji experiences first-hand the threat these Curses pose to society as he discovers his own newfound powers. Introduced to the Tokyo Metropolitan Jujutsu Technical High School, he begins to walk down a path from which he cannot return—the path of a Jujutsu sorcerer.
TheAwersome’s Thoughts: This felt like a wonderful blend of the specific powers/abilities (and interesting fights) of Naruto, the cool, sleek styling of Bleach, and the rattling horror and brilliant animation of Demon Slayer. So basically, a lot of the best of Shonen. Adding on top of it, the comedic moments and timing are on point and had us both howling/crying more often than not. While it certainly does follow some shonen tropes, they weren’t painful or annoying the way they often can be.
When I say the animation is stellar, I mean this is some of the absolute best fight choreography, direction, and animation I have ever seen, and it is SO. SATISFYING. There’s good weight behind the fight, and the interesting concepts, challenges, and tricks to each are absolutely fascinating.
TLDR: A good smorgasbord of good Shonen action and comedy.
There is a prequel movie that should be watched after watching the first season, titled Jujutsu Kaisen 0. That will be reviewed next week. Season 2 is confirmed for 2023.
The general character design has a sharper feel to it (not early 2000s level, don’t worry) that I found refreshing, especially since the characters have NOSES! I know, it seems a weird thing to get excited about but anime nose erasure is real, so it was nice to see them here.
I’ll have to flesh it out later some time once I solidify my thoughts on it, but I really liked the way female characters were handled as compared to most Shonen. There was an honest weight, importance, and real consideration as opposed to what usually feels like an afterthought. They were characters that were female as opposed to “the female characters,” you know? I might dive into it later at some point, but I hadn’t seen that consideration in a Shonen since Soul Eater.
Another thing that stood out to me was an enjoyable, believable, and honest bond between our main group of characters; they truly felt like a tight-knit group of high schoolers. That solid bond and dynamic makes for some great interactions, not unlike the one seen in Konosuba.
You’ll Likely Enjoy This if You Enjoyed:
- Amazing action, animation, and bone-chilling monsters of Demon Slayer
- Slightly more mature vibe of Great Pretender
- Interesting fight dynamics of Naruto
- A great (if sometimes strained) bond between the team, like in Konosuba